The Stechhelm formed part of a highly specialized tournament armor worn solely for the Gestech, or German joust, fought with blunted lances. The object was to break lances or to unhorse the opponent. This helmet was probably part of a series kept in the Nuremberg arsenal for civic tournaments.
Date: ca. 1500
Medium: Steel, copper alloy
Dimensions: H. 17 3/4 in. (45 cm); Wt. 17 lb. 14 oz. (8097 g)

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